Responding to a Daily News report saying the city had chosen a developer (the Related Companies) for the Kingsbridge Armory, a good natured, but vague and evasive spokesman for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which is handling the renovation project, said "I don't respond to articles in the Daily News." He also said that the EDC has made no announcements regarding a developer decision.
However, he did not refute outright the statement that Related had won the Armory job. So, aside from infuriating local reporters, the question remains: What's taking the EDC/City so long to make this announcement?
Meanwhile local groups, specifically the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) want to know who they're going to be dealing with, so they can ramp up pressure to add schools to the project -- something the community sees as nearly compulsory, but was taken off the table by the Education Dept. last summer.
After having her legs crushed by a semi truck (both legs were later amputated) on Gun Hill Road less than two weeks ago, Anna Rogovin, a 91-year-old fireplug of a woman, was lucid and talking a mile-a-minute to friends in her hospital room at St. Barnabas.
Cops are still looking for the truck that hit her (white with blue streaks), but say they will not be seeking criminal charges.
We've had a few positive responses from our story about a wounded vet from Mosholu Parkway and the efforts of a Bronx-born artist to support him and other disabled soldiers coming home from the Middle East.
Some have asked if they can purchase one of the artist's military prints. The answer is yes.
To order a print and support disabled veterans, call Luis Flores at (973) 907-2163.
Monday, March 24, 2008